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Thursday, August 22 • 4:05pm - 4:40pm
How Companies and Community Can Work Together To Sustain OSS - Nithya Ruff, Comcast & Deb Nicholson, Software Freedom Conservancy

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Note: This will be a diff talk than what we did at FosDem and aimed at the OSSummit audience.

Companies and communities have different goals, different structures and different challenges. This talk will discuss the differences between companies and communities that can lead to friction, confusion and missed opportunities. With one speaker from the company side and one from the community side, we plan to explore this occasionally prickly relationship from both directions. Many of the largest and most successful free and open source software projects rely on a combination of both -- to create new code, address bugs and plan for the future of their codebase. A little more understanding could go a long way towards a more harmonious and efficient working relationship.

In order to build a sustainable future for free and open source software, we're going to need to get more comfortable with each other.

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Deb Nicholson

Director of Community Operations, Software Freedom Conservancy
Deb Nicholson is a free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate. She is the Director of Community Operations at Software Freedom Conservancy where she supports the work of its member organizations and facilitates collaboration with the wider free software community... Read More →
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Nithya Ruff

Executive Director, Open Source Program Officer, Comcast & Chair, Board of Directors, The Linux Foundation
Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast’s Open Source Program Office. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture inside of Comcast and engagement with external communities. Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently... Read More →

Thursday August 22, 2019 4:05pm - 4:40pm PDT
Aqua Salon F